Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Ratings: 4,497
Reviews: 1,649
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.74%
Wants: 231
Gots: 605 | FT: 17
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Great Divide Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: cokes on 08-09-2003)
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Photo of jazztoloc
5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A 650 ml poured into a wide wine glass.
A: Light doesn't go through my glass, looks really dark, thick and creamy. The head is dark brown and stays long. Really nice lacing on the glass.
S: Lots and lots of grain, the malt smell wonderful. Alcohol blends nicely into the overal smell.
T: The balance of the malt richness and the presence of alcohol is amazing. Some cofee and cacao beans.
M: This is a full body beer, pass it beteen the teeth and you feel the greatness of this brew.
D: Very powerful, very drinkable. Have to be a liitlle careful, this baby can knock you out.

This is my first Great Divide beer, and I can tell by the taste and complexity of the mighty Yeti that this brewery has awesome things for my palate.

Photo of ATGHomebrewer
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Thick, brown/black in color. no light penetrates. 2 fingers of tan/brown head.
S: roasted malt, coffee, chocolate and I think a little toffee. a light hint of hoppiness.
T: for being dominated by sweet, roasted flavors (chocolate, coffee, toffee) it has a very nice complexity.
M: creamy, thick and nicely carbonated. (personally would like more thickness, but I like motor oil)
D: A great beer for about two pints, but the alcohol and sweetness may get intense after that.

Photo of philbe311
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Two fingers worth of perfectly level compact rich deep dark chocolaty brown head comprised of varying sized bubbles... Only modest retention which gives way to a full thick layer of creamy lacing... Obsidian black in color - 110% opaque... Lacing clings to the sides of the glass...

S - Powerful and assertive... Loaded with burnt roasted malts... Newly opened box of raisins... Chocolate fudge... Caramel... Marshmallow... Licorice... A hint of coffee... Quite appealing all the way around...

T - Smooth and even... Chocolate... Caramel... Licorice... A mild dark fruitiness... A very faint hoppy kick... The roasted malt rise to the forefront at the finish and resonate as the sole component of the aftertaste...

M - Wow... Heavy... Dense... Thick... Viscous... Chewy... Even with all that being said, this is a super smooth and exceedingly delectable stout... A slight alcoholic warming on the finish... The mouthfeel is quite simply the best that I've ever experience...

D - This is one damn fine brew, though no one should be surprised coming from the fine folks at Great Divide... This is my favorite of all the Yeti offerings... Loaded with flavor and an out of this world mouthfeel, this one is an all around winner... There aren't enough superlatives to go around for this one...

Photo of sayerofthelaw
3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Opaque black with a chocolate colored head that's a little less than a quarter inch. Very appetizing.

S - Raisins stand out, with bitter chocolate underneath. There is not much of an alcohol aroma, which is both surprising and pleasant. Also appetizing.

T - Alcohol is there but it is undercut nicely by the flavor of the dark chocolate, which is lightly bitter on the back of the tongue. Not one bit overwhelming, which is a nice quality in an Imperial Stout.

M - Very smooth and rich, slightly syrupy.

D - Very smooth and easy to drink. Its 9.5%, so tread carefully!

This is the best American made stout that I've had I think, except for the Snow Plow Milk Stout from Widmer which I don't think they make anymore. The big alcohol flavor that's characteristic of the style is well under control in this beer.

Photo of WeezyBoPeep
3.13/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured a big beer into a giant frozen crystal mug.

A: Black as midnight in the middle of a northwestern woods. With no moon out. Black as used crude oil. Thick, brown head that lingered for quite awhile.

S: Whew. Very hoppy with a sea water character surrounded by ripe dark fruit. Very light toasty malt and a hint of coffee.

T: Salty black coffee, roasted malt, campfire smoke, scotch and a red wine note. Salty, espresso finish.

Value: Man, if you're into Russian Imp Stouts, I guess this one is a good deal. Just too hoppy and salty for me.

Photo of BTPete
3.65/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on tap at Mahar's. A really nice surprise as I have never seen any Great Divide on tap in Albany.

Yeti imp stout
Tap to nug

A: pitch black with a real dirty 1cm head that leaves lacing down mug.

S: a little bit of booze, a little hop bitterness, a lot of roasty malt.

T: a little hot but not bad up front, ends with some hop bitterness. Hides 9.5 well. The roasty charcter doesn't go far due to booze and hops.

M: full bodied, low carb, good for style.

D: surprisingly drinkable. Excellent but would be limited, it is an imp stout.

Photo of woosterbill
3.63/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On-tap at Prime 16 into a 3/4 pint glass.

A: Thoroughly black body topped by a faint hint of brown foam that disappears straightaway and leaves minimal lace. Boring.

S: Roasted malts (chocolate and coffee) followed by a healthy dose of hops. Nice but understated.

T: Tons of bitter overripe fruit (dates and plums), as well as a very dark chocolate and a profoundly bitter coffee/hops/alcohol finish. Very powerful and in-your-face without sacrificing complexity.

M: Mouth-filling body with light, smooth carbonation.

D: Too intense with the booze and bitterness to score too highly here.

Notes: If I'd had this first, I might have been blown away - but I just can't help comparing this to Oak Aged Yeti, and it falls far short of its sibling's brilliance.


Photo of deereless
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Extremely dense almost cottony head that lingers, the color reminds me of a dark brown espresso froth, the beer is pitch black and with some obvious viscosity, significant lacing - 5.00, S: Strong aroma of dark fruits such as dates and plums/prunes, heavy on the coffee and baker's chocolate, given that the beer is 9.5% ABV it is remarkably well masked, some slight toffee, though the nose is quite noticeable it is not overwhelming - 4.25,T: Flavors of dark molasses, chocolate covered espresso beans, fudge brownies, malty sweetness is very prevalent and nicely balanced with a solid hop bite which provides pine and citrus - 4.75, M: Extremely heavy body and creamy mouth feel - 4.50, D: Wonderfully drinkable and great mix of malts and hops - 4.25

Photo of njmoons
2.85/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

For me balance is key in a RIS. to much hops takes away from the malty character. Not enough hops and it is too sweet.

Yeti Imperial Stout, lost me on the aroma. To much aroma hopping, overpowered the aroma and to some extent the flavor of the beer.

Apperance: Looked good, dark and think! Poured with a 2 finger head which held up a long time for a stout

Aroma: The Washington hops hit me on the fist sniff, and I had a hard time smell anything else. The malt was there, but any complexity was covered by the hops.

Taste: The initial taste was hoppy, it mellows though the taste into a more traditional RIS flavor, and ends up good.

Mouthfeel: Thick and what you would expect from a RIS.

Drinkability: To much hop in the aroma and the beginning of the taste for me.

Photo of OlRasputin989
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into nonic pint...

A: black as night with just the slightest bit of brown near the bottom of the glass. Mocha cappucino colored head of rocky foam and large bubbles that forms very slowly and disappears just as slow leaving big bubbles and large globs of lacing

S: rich aromas of cocoa, roast coffee, orange peel, and some alcohol notes.

T: orange cocoa, roast coffee, nutty flavors, finishes with cookie dough and a salty/peppery hop spiciness

M: full body that is thick and oily with just enough carbonation to match the hops. finishes dry

Overall, a big, brawny beer with a soft side. The experience begins with the pour. It's, in my opinion, perfect. The cocoa aromas are rich in this one and can appease any chocolate lover. The flavor is also good as the roasted malts don't take center stage and the northwest hops are given a chance to come through. The mouthfeel is good and greasy, just like a RIS should be. Great Brew, even after 2 years from bottle date!

Photo of ClavisAurea
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

22oz bottle in a stein
Appearance: poured very syrupy and black as night with a rich and thick dark brown head
Nose: flowery, chocolate, coffee
Taste: hops infused with dark chocolate, spicy and rich finish
Mouthfeel: thick and rich
This is amazing and I can't wait to try the oak aged Yeti.

2nd Review 11/6/14
22oz bomber in small kolsch glasses served at fridge temps. Date on the bottle is Feb 26, 2014 so this bottle has about 9 months of age on it.

Appearance: creamy head, thick and rich dark brown head of medium to small bubbles. Opaque, black, no light getting through even on the edges of the glass. The head shrank to a small layer on the top of the beer and rode the glass down.

Nose: roasted coffee, chocolate, rich dark malts like chocolate and black. slight flowery hop note but really faint

Taste: thick and full bodied, coats the mouth in cream, still has a slight hop bitterness but that has not really left as much as I would have thought after the few months. Chocolate, coffee, a little toffee, milk chocolate, just a wonderful example of a RIS.

I need more bottles of this to age. I'm going to get a hold of the coffee and barrel aged versions as well.

Photo of BetterDarker
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into snifter.

A- Pours a deep black used motor oil color and looks nice and thick. The head is amazing for a RIS, solid finger high and is a nice dark brown color. Decent lacing with some retention.

S- True paradigm of a RIS. Coffee, chocolate and roasted malts all over the place with some malty sweetness.

T- Like the aroma/smell only with some bitterness thrown in. This will sound crazy, but this RIS is balanced. It's imperial in every sense, yet there's not one aspect that dominates, other than fantastic.

M- Moderate to low carbonation. Thick, but not as thick as I expected from the pour.

D- Amazing beer in every way, can not wait to crack open a Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti to see how this compares.

Photo of wangbruins
3.48/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark brown with a frothy two inch mocha colored head

S- Coffee and smoky scents with some cherries

T- Chocolate and coffee with a very smokey aftertaste

M- Very smooth with a very little throat bite at the end

D- It's pretty good with some tang to it, not the best but not bad

Photo of darkmaven
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Hopjacks in Mobile, Alabama

Intense black-brown color with a dark brown mocha mousse colored head. If you don't know what mocha mousse looks like, think the color of coffee with just a dabble of milk in there...This sucker is opaque, and coats the glass. Lovely. I am reminded of that crazy, intense espresso on every corner in Italy. That stuff will keep you up for days.

In the Riedel, you get dark syrupy and pepper aromas combined with a burst of hoppiness. There is an essence of orange here, but not like in the grocery store, more like standing in an orange grove, with the green smells of leaves and grass around you.

On the palate, you get that punch of espresso I was expecting, along with tobacco and paper on the finish. There is a definite, measurable bitterness here, which seems to be a combo of both the hops and the roasted malts. This is a wonderfully balanced, interesting brew that for me, should be one of THE Imperial Stouts you try if you are setting out to understand the American style.

Photo of DoppleJock
3.2/5  rDev -24%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

1 pt. 6 oz. bottle poured into pint glass.
Bottled on 11/23/2009.

A: Holy cow, did this pour thick. Felt like molasses slipping out of the bottle. Super dark, almost completely opaque with frothy dark caramel head. Ridiculous retention every sip of the way.

S: Strong roasted malts with a little dark chocolate. Some toffee notes.

T: Crazy roasted malt taste. Really strong stuff. Bitter aftertaste that you can't shake off your tongue.

M: Really thick, almost syrupy. Coats your tongue and keeps the bitterness there whether you want it to or not.

D: Looks amazing. Smells great. Taste completely destroyed my palate. I love Imperial Stouts but I feel like I'd only get the bitterness off my tongue with a scraper.

Always willing to give beers another try so maybe I'll change my mind at the end of the bottle. Hoping the other variations of the Yeti are better.

Photo of mgbickel
3.23/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a standard pint glass. Formed a dense single finger head the color of a dark mocha drink. Slow dissipation leaving behind lots of frothy lace. The body is about as dark a cannot force light through this.

The nose has chocolate, molasses and caramel up front. Deeply roasted malts are undertones on a meaty backbone.

Flavors come at you in waves. You are hit right up front with a hoppy burst. This calms down to some of the roasted malts and caramel flavors. Then, boom, hops again at the end. Bitter finish with a slightly warming alcohol bite. The hops are not in balance...

Mouth feel is medium to thick, semi astringent with very light carbonation.

Drinkable, but I could not handle more than one per setting.

Photo of dasenebler
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This bomber was bottled 1/23/09. So it's practically a year old and has been cellared for the past few months.

Pours the double O: opaque onyx. Great initial lacing, and an especially impressive head for a high-abv stout.

Getting lots of licorice and dark-roasted coffee in the nose, with ethanol fumes in the rear.

This is one excellent stout. Has all of the robust characteristics of a rich imperial, with a huge, silky mouthfeel to boot. Flavor is a complex mixture of the following: dark figs, chocolate, sweet coffee, molasses syrup and anise. Alcohol is not nearly as noticeable in the drink as it is in the aroma. Outstanding stuff, a great example of the style.

Photo of elgiacomo
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Nov 23, 2009

22oz. bomber. Bottle is about 2 years old. Pours thick black with a huge brown head. Leaves layers of sticky lacing on the glass.

Aroma is chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, a bit of dark fruit and some piney hops.

Flavor is big and impressive. Malty up-front, chocolate, coffee, molasses, toffee with a nice hoppy finish. Wonderfully balanced.

Mouthfeel is virtually perfect. Thick, rich, smooth and creamy with low to medium carbonation. Alcohol is very well hidden...some age probably helped here.

An excellent stout. Very well crafted and balanced!

Photo of billab914
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally getting around to cracking this one open. Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Stone RIS glass. Pours black with a thick two finger tan head. The head subsided and clung to the edges but left very good lacing. This is an excellent looking beer.

Aroma is big on chocolate and roasted flavor. There is also a pretty good amount of hop aroma in it for an Imperial stout. Taste has a good amount of chocolate and caramel but isn't too sweet. The bitterness and the roasted flavor help balance out the sweetness. like the nose suggested it is also pretty hoppy with some citrus flavors. Nicely balanced between sweet and bitter with a lot of very good complex flavors going on.

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy with moderate carbonation. it has a very nice mouthfeel to it, like I expect in an imperial stout. Drinkability is very good, it's very well balanced and delicious and drinking this one was a pleasure. Looking forward to the Yeti variants.

Photo of martinmayhem
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a truly delightful brew. after trying this RIS consistently for about six months it was like a rollercoaster ride. some bombers were excellent while others were below expectations. i have a feeling it was due to the shipping. for the most part my experience has been positive.
the bitter dark chocolate up front w/ a subtle hoppy finish- i can see why this gets such high ratings. its going to be in the low twenties tonight in orlando and im just glad to have this one chillin in my glass.

Photo of Hypersomnia
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I just said "Oh my god, this smells so good" at least three times in a row right after pouring this beer. This smells AMAZING!

"Mmmm.... woah this is good". I need to let this warm up a bit but already this is pretty amazing. Creamy, chocolately, coffee taste. A little sweet, way more smooth then I would have expected. Less bitter than I was expecting honestly given the 75IBUs but this is awesome. Amazingly light, not heavy in the mouthfeel at all but silky smooth, this is pretty great. I keep saying "Wow that's awesome". I think this may be one of the top 5 beers I have had. I can't find anything wrong with this at all, it's just very very good. I'll definitely be buying more of this. I just pinned it down, this smells ALOT like a tootsie roll. Wow seriously this is awesome.

If I had to find anything "wrong" with it, maybe it could be a bit longer in the finish, but this actually makes the beer super drinkable, I can drink tons of these. I love this beer.

The creaminess of this reminds me of Anchor Porter.

One of the best beers I've had.

Photo of kzoobrew
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml, bottled on 03/30/2009

Black. We are talking really black here. There is no hope for even a glimmer of light to break through. Murky and opaque body. The head is the darkest I can recall at the moment. Color and texture of rich chocolate ice cream. As the head melts away leaving a trail of very decent sticky lacing in its wake. This is what a stout should look like.

Chocolate covered hops. To an outsider this would sound disgusting, for a beer geek it is pure bliss. Heavily roasted malt and rich, fudgy chocolate aromas radiates from the snifter. Sweet brown sugar and caramel permeate through the more devilishly dark scents. Bright leafy hop aroma brings a bit of liveliness to the nose. A slight booziness is noted but acceptable with in the style. I do hope the taste follows the nose, is so I am in for a treat.

Charred malt, singed espresso roast and dark chocolate pour across the palate. Lactic sweetness and a more subtle molasses flavor help lighten the overall profile a bit. Alcohol is warm and inviting. I love the brewers who can hop up their stouts and do it well. The bitterness has a wide array of flavors to play off of creating new layers which would not otherwise exist. The hops do not just compliment in Yeti, they hold their own. Resinous piny hops ooze through pleasantly.

Full bodied beer lacking only the slightest amount of viscosity for my likings. Do not get me wrong, Yeti is plenty thick, though falls just short of the top tiered mouthfeels. Mouthfeel is creamy, entirely too smoothy. Finish leaves a bit of an oily feel on the tongue. Carbonation levels are moderate and appropriate.

I have never met a Yeti I did not like. The granddaddy of em all is no exception. Easy to drink and enjoy. The booziness in the nose and warming qualities do not become overwhelming and obstructive. Wonderful choice any day of the year, although much more appropriate on an ugly cold miserably snowing kinda day.

Photo of alpinebryant
4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark oily black with a large brown head - into a 12 oz glass on tap at Tapwerks in OKC. This keg was tapped after I asked for it - I think it might have been finished the night before and they had a replacement at the ready.

Smelled of strong roasted malts and a great hop presence for a RIS - some plum present, a powerful milk chocolate aroma but the grassy hops are really noticeable and it was top notch fresh to add to the great aroma I smelt.

Tasted great - one of the better RIS's that I have had - it was very hoppy , not too much black patent malt to detriment the chocolate flavors as some RISs do. Rich creamy chocolate, slightly oily body from the cocoa flavors, but wow, this could be a dessert for me. Strong bittering flavors from grassy hops blending with dark malt. Plum flavors present slightly from a good boil .

Good carbonation - very drinkable - I have seen this many times in bombers but I am very glad the first time I had it , it was off a freshly tapped keg - Definitely will be keeping a few of these around in the future.

Photo of Lunch
4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 12oz. bottle purchased at Wells in Baltimore, Maryland (12/25/09) into my Great Divide Yeti snifter at the appropriate temperature.

A: As with other Yeti variations that I have had, this is an exceptional looking beer that is pitch black capped off with 2.5 fingers of a creamy mocha head with great retention and lacing.

S: Extremely roasty and hoppy (for an RIS) containing notes of coffee, dark chocolate, milk chocolate and cocoa. Hints of dark fruits are apparent as well.

T: Roasted malt and some slightly bitter hops hit the palate first followed by coffee, dark chocolate, and cocoa. As the beer warms layers of dark fruits emerge especially raisin.

M: Medium to full-bodied with appropriate carbonation. Quite silky and creamy.

D: I have always found this to be one of the most drinkable Imperial Stouts and this bottle confirmed that. The 9.5% abv. is hidden expertly.

Overall this is certainly an icon for me in the Imperial Stout style. One of the first real craft beers that I enjoyed in college and one that I revisit often, along with its oak-aged brethren. Highly Recommended.

Photo of babaracas
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black with big dense medium brown head, clinging thick lacing. Smell: dark chocolate, chocolate graham cracker, dark brown sugar, coffee beans, big leafy and citrus hops. Taste: dark chocolate, dark brown sugar, hint of raisin, leafy, piney, citrus rind. Rich feel, near syrupy with a nice dose of carbonation. Really exceptional. Bottled 7/10/09.

Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 4,497 ratings.